MN's 8th District Race: Meet Jeff Anderson

By KBJR News 1

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- He's a lifelong Northlander with a passion for public service. Now Jeff Anderson is looking to take his enthusiasm for the region to Washington D.C.

He's one of three Democrats looking to unseat Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack.

LeAnn Wallace sat with the 8th District Candidate to talk more about who he is and why he's running.

Jeff Anderson is no stranger to running for office. He spent four years on Duluth's City Council.

"Duluth is a better place today than it was four years ago and while I certainly don't intend to take all the credit for that, I'm very proud to have been part of the team to make that happen."

He's also no stranger to the Northland.

"I'm a fourth generation Iron Ranger. I was born and raised in Ely. I grew up in the house that my great–great grandparents lived in in the 1880's when they came here from Finland."

Anderson considers himself lucky to be able to live and work in the region in which he grew up.

"I've seen so many of my friends and family and classmates have to go elsewhere for opportunities."

Keeping young people employed in the Northland is one of Anderson's main goals.

"To create jobs, to build manufacturing and to invest in the future so that other people can stay here, make this their home, raise their families here."

As Anderson campaigns across the district he's finding that jobs and the economy are the number one concerns and he says many feel Representative Cravaack and other lawmakers aren't doing enough to solve the problem.

"Instead they went to Washington and they attacked programs like Medicare, planned parenthood, and they threatened the full faith and credit of the United States by not raising our debt limit."

It's now full speed ahead for Jeff Anderson's campaign as he works to get the party's endorsement in May.

"I never thought I'd be doing this but I'm proud to be doing it now, proud to be pointing out these injustices and the fact that we can do better and we deserve better representation in Washington."

Democrats Rick Nolan and Tarryl Clark are also running for the 8th District seat.